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[TXSSAR Officer Reports: March 26 - 29, 2020] (open access)

[TXSSAR Officer Reports: March 26 - 29, 2020]

Officer Reports for the Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution, compiled for the March 26 - 29, 2020 annual meeting.
Date: 2020-03-26/2020-03-29
Creator: Texas Society Sons of the American Revolution
System: The UNT Digital Library
Artificial Intelligence: Societal and Ethical Implications Hearing before the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology House of Representatives (open access)

Artificial Intelligence: Societal and Ethical Implications Hearing before the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology House of Representatives

This report details a hearing by the Science, Space, and Technology Committee to discuss the impact of AI on society and the ethical implications in the design and use of this technology.
Date: June 26, 2019
Creator: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
System: The UNT Digital Library
Early Warning System Final Report - San Macros Watershed in Caldwell County, Texas: Final Report (open access)

Early Warning System Final Report - San Macros Watershed in Caldwell County, Texas: Final Report

Report on the installation of an early warning system in Caldwell County, consisting of eight rainfall gauges and two outdoor early warning sirens.
Date: April 26, 2019
Creator: Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (Tex.)
System: The Portal to Texas History
Coast Guard Cutter Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress (open access)

Coast Guard Cutter Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress

This report provides background information and potential oversight issues for Congress on the Coast Guard's programs for procuring 8 National Security Cutters (NSCs), 25 Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPCs), and 58 Fast Response Cutters (FRCs). The Coast Guard's proposed FY2019 budget requests a total of $705 million in acquisition funding for the NSC, OPC, and FRC programs.
Date: October 26, 2018
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
System: The UNT Digital Library
Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter (Polar Icebreaker) Program: Background and Issues for Congress (open access)

Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter (Polar Icebreaker) Program: Background and Issues for Congress

This report provides background information and issues for Congress on the Coast Guard's program for acquiring new polar icebreakers -- previously known as the polar icebreaker (PIB) program and now called the Polar Security Cutter (PSC) program. The proposed FY2019 budget requests $750 million in acquisition funding for the program. The issue for Congress is whether to approve, reject, or modify the Administration's FY2019 acquisition funding request for the PSC program, and, more generally, whether to approve, reject, or modify the Coast Guard's overall plan for procuring new polar icebreakers.
Date: October 26, 2018
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
System: The UNT Digital Library
Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) FY2019 Appropriations: Independent Agencies and General Provisions (open access)

Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) FY2019 Appropriations: Independent Agencies and General Provisions

This report provides an overview of funding under the Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) appropriations bill including a breakdown of more than two dozen individual independent agencies, general government-wide provisions, and sanctions on Cuba.
Date: October 26, 2018
Creator: Webel, Baird; Christensen, Michelle D.; Dilger, Robert Jay; Moloney Figliola, Patricia; Garrett, R. Sam; Gnanarajah, Raj et al.
System: The UNT Digital Library
Morocco: Background and U.S. Relations (open access)

Morocco: Background and U.S. Relations

This report outlines the politics, economy, terrorism issues, and foreign relations of Morocco.
Date: October 26, 2018
Creator: Arieff, Alexis
System: The UNT Digital Library
Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program: Background and Issues for Congress (open access)

Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program: Background and Issues for Congress

This report provides background information and issues for Congress on the Aegis ballistic missile defense (BMD) program, which is carried out by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Navy, and gives Navy Aegis cruisers and destroyers a capability for conducting BMD operations. The issue for Congress is whether to approve, reject, or modify Department of Defense (DOD) acquisition strategies and proposed funding levels for the Aegis BMD program.
Date: October 26, 2018
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
System: The UNT Digital Library
Social Security: Raising or Eliminating the Taxable Earnings Base (open access)

Social Security: Raising or Eliminating the Taxable Earnings Base

This report discusses the Social Security taxes that are levied on covered earnings up to a maximum level (base) set each year. It includes information about how the base has been determined demographically and how it has changed over time, as well as possible future implications and impacts of either raising or eliminating the base, with arguments for and against.
Date: October 26, 2018
Creator: Zhe, Li.
System: The UNT Digital Library
U.S. Role in the World: Background and Issues for Congress (open access)

U.S. Role in the World: Background and Issues for Congress

This report presents background information and issues for Congress on the overarching U.S. foreign policy issue of the U.S. role in the world. Certain statements and actions from the Trump Administration have led to uncertainty about the Administration's intentions regarding the future U.S. role, and have intensified an ongoing debate among foreign policy specialists, strategists, policymakers, and the public about what that role should be.
Date: October 26, 2018
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald & Moodie, Michael
System: The UNT Digital Library
EPA Proposes the Affordable Clean Energy Rule to Replace the Clean Power Plan (open access)

EPA Proposes the Affordable Clean Energy Rule to Replace the Clean Power Plan

This report explores the legal basis for the proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule and discusses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) authority to consider various emission reduction options for existing power plants under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Date: September 26, 2018
Creator: Tsang, Linda
System: The UNT Digital Library
Government Contract Bid Protests: Analysis of Legal Processes and Recent Developments (open access)

Government Contract Bid Protests: Analysis of Legal Processes and Recent Developments

This report briefly analyzes the varying legal procedures applicable to bid protests under each forum. First, it provides an overview of bid protests generally and then analyzes the legal distinctions among these forums. Finally, the report discusses recent legislative developments affecting bid protest procedures and potential considerations for Congress.
Date: September 26, 2018
Creator: Carpenter, David H. & Schwartz, Moshe
System: The UNT Digital Library
Iran Sanctions (open access)

Iran Sanctions

This report discusses U.S. sanctions against Iran and the 2016 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement which led to the lifting of sanctions based on nuclear proliferation in Iran. The bulk of the report outlines the various sanctions against Iran and their current implementation status, international efforts to bring about compliance, and their effects; it also addresses recent discussions regarding President's Trump announcement that the U.S. was decertifying the nuclear agreement and the possibility of reinstating certain sanctions.
Date: September 26, 2018
Creator: Katzman, Kenneth
System: The UNT Digital Library
Marine Corps Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV): Background and Issues for Congress (open access)

Marine Corps Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV): Background and Issues for Congress

This report discusses the development and procurement of the Marine Corps Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) and the FY2019 budget request for the ACV program.
Date: September 26, 2018
Creator: Feickert, Andrew
System: The UNT Digital Library
Selected Legal Tools for Maintaining Government Contractor Accountability (open access)

Selected Legal Tools for Maintaining Government Contractor Accountability

This report analyzes a selection of the legal tools a procuring agency may use to hold contractors accountable. It assesses contractual remedies that procuring agencies could utilize, discusses performance-related contract source selection criteria, and describes other legal tools--outside of contract law and the contract selection processes--that the government may employ to hold a contractor accountable.
Date: September 26, 2018
Creator: Carpenter, David H. & Ruane, Kathleen Ann
System: The UNT Digital Library
Water Infrastructure Financing: The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Program (open access)

Water Infrastructure Financing: The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Program

This report discusses the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act which is planning to provide subsidized loans and credit assistance to water infrastructure projects through the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
Date: September 26, 2018
Creator: Ramseur, Jonathan L. & Tiemann, Mary
System: The UNT Digital Library
Agricultural Disaster Assistance (open access)

Agricultural Disaster Assistance

This report describes federal agricultural disaster assistance available to farmers for crop losses, livestock deaths, and tree damage due to natural disasters or adverse weather conditions such as drought.
Date: July 26, 2018
Creator: Stubbs, Megan
System: The UNT Digital Library
Australia and New Zealand React to China's Growing Influence in the South Pacific (open access)

Australia and New Zealand React to China's Growing Influence in the South Pacific

This report discusses rising concern over China's influence in the South Pacific and the response from Australia and New Zealand.
Date: July 26, 2018
Creator: Vaughn, Bruce
System: The UNT Digital Library
Cambodian Elections (open access)

Cambodian Elections

This report briefly summarizes the political history of Cambodia, recent political developments in the country, and U.S. policy responses.
Date: July 26, 2018
Creator: Lum, Thomas
System: The UNT Digital Library
Capital Markets, Securities Offerings, and Related Policy Issues (open access)

Capital Markets, Securities Offerings, and Related Policy Issues

This report analyzes legislative proposals that would generally affect the terms and amounts of capital provided to companies by investors. It analyzes a number of current legislative proposals and agency actions to expand both public and private securities offerings through amendments to program design, investor access, and disclosure requirements, among other provisions.
Date: July 26, 2018
Creator: Su, Eva
System: The UNT Digital Library
The European Union and China (open access)

The European Union and China

This report discusses the political and economic relationship between the European Union (EU) and China. The EU and China have over 70 high-level and senior-level dialogues, working groups, and steering committees reflecting the wide-ranging scope of the relationship, including in areas such as cyber, transnational crime, economics, high-tech innovation, tourism, energy, and the environment.
Date: July 26, 2018
Creator: Morelli, Vincent L.
System: The UNT Digital Library
History of Use of U.S. Military Bases to House Immigrants and Refugees (open access)

History of Use of U.S. Military Bases to House Immigrants and Refugees

This report discusses the use of Goodfellow Air Force Base and Fort Bliss, both in Texas, to house migrant families trying to cross the border, as well as the historical use of military bases to house immigrants and refugees.
Date: July 26, 2018
Creator: Kapp, Lawrence & Torreon, Barbara Salazar
System: The UNT Digital Library
NAFTA Renegotiation and Modernization (open access)

NAFTA Renegotiation and Modernization

This report provides a brief overview of NAFTA and the role of Congress in the renegotiation process; it discusses key issues related to the negotiations. It also provides a discussion of policy implications for Congress going forward.
Date: July 26, 2018
Creator: Villarreal, M. Angeles & Fergusson, Ian F.
System: The UNT Digital Library
Only Minimal Impact on Commerce Needed for Attempted Bombing (open access)

Only Minimal Impact on Commerce Needed for Attempted Bombing

This report discusses the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in the United States v. Suarez case, that a minimal impact on commerce is sufficient to satisfy the jurisdictional requirement of the federal weapons of mass destruction statute. This decision seems to reflect a growing willingness of federal appellate courts to read broadly Congress's Commerce Clause powers.
Date: July 26, 2018
Creator: Doyle, Charles
System: The UNT Digital Library